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October 2015 Reading Round-Up

I finished Anna Karenina! Finally, after almost 2 years and 2 translations, I’m done; it’s going to be strange for a while, the end of an era of sorts. October has been good. The weather’s not been too bad and it’s not been too cold. I started my initial planning for that holiday beginning with C. And whilst I had to dash into my nephew’s room at 7 in the morning because he screamed out and I thought there was a problem (there was – he couldn’t get to the next level…) it does mean I spent a nice weekend ‘away’. Today’s round up is a bit different – I read a couple more books than I’ve listed. I’ll likely add them at some point in the future; I can’t discuss them yet.

The Books

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James Rhodes: Instrumental – Based around his love of classical music and the desire to promote it, Rhodes looks back on the abuse he suffered as a child, the way it continues to affect his life, and the healing process. A very important book.


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Eloisa James: When The Duke Returns – Isidore’s husband finally makes an appearance having been away the entirety of their marriage and whilst sparks fly they vote for divorce. Not bad but not as good as the previous books.

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Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina – Anna has an affair with Vronsky and plans to leave her husband in a time when society condones affairs but not separations; a young couple get together after it’s established the girl cannot be with the aforementioned Vronsky. A good book overall but it does drag and the climax is pushed aside in favour of religion.

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Tracy Rees: Amy Snow – Upon the death of her friend/mistress, a young woman sets out to discover what happened when said friend left home for a longer period than expected. Very good in the main.

This month it’s a toss up between Instrumental and Amy Snow. I think I’ll just pick both as one’s fact and the other’s fiction, and because they just aren’t comparable.

Quotation Report

Tolstoy makes a good point when he suggests that women lacked rights because of a lack of education and a lack of education led to a lack of rights. On a humorous note, he also points out that a man can sit uncomfortably in a chair but be happy enough as long as he knows he can move – if he knows he can’t move that same position will be impossible.

November’s going to be busy one.

What was your favourite read this month?


Tracy Terry

November 2, 2015, 5:20 pm

Wow, that is a somewhat eclectic selection.


November 3, 2015, 12:39 am

Anna Karenina was painful for me. I felt like I suffered through it.
Happy November!


November 3, 2015, 5:33 pm

Congratulations on finishing Anna Karenina I am too scared to read the large Russian classics. I hope you are able to find something to fill it’s gap. My favourite read this month was the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles. Happy reading in November :-)

Jenny @ Reading the End

November 4, 2015, 2:33 am

Very, very well done finishing Anna Karenina! I read several good things in October, and it’s hard to say whether my favorite was Rainbow Rowell’s latest (Carry On) or Patrick Ness’s latest (The Rest of Us Just Live Here). Both were wonderful, and I feel lucky to have gotten new books by two of my favorite authors so close together.

Literary Feline

November 4, 2015, 5:33 am

Yay for finishing Anna Karenina! I hope you have a wonderful November, even as busy as it will be. My favorite book this past month was a mystery. I am looking forward to mostly light reads this month–although the one I’m reading now isn’t really light at all. Go figure.


November 8, 2015, 10:23 am

Hooray for finishing Anna Karenina! I’m curious to know about the other books you’re read now :D



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